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  • socdeansintern 11:26 am on May 2, 2017 Permalink  

    A Front Row Seat into Documentary Production 

    By Dean’s Intern Kelly Vaughen at Voice of America

    My time as an intern at Voice of America has been rewarding in so many ways. I was hired as a production intern in the documentary unit. I work with acclaimed producers, and have a front row seat to the process of making a documentary from start to finish.

    The film is about the terrorist organization, Boko Haram, and the impact they have had throughout Nigeria. Working on a film with such an important message was inspiring and daunting. I was involved with research, finding interviews, and the coordination of producing a film in the United States, which is being shot in Nigeria.

    Not only was I able to help with the film, I was also able to work with the VOA investigative unit. I helped with research on multiple projects, and learned tips and tricks of investigative reporting from seasoned professionals.

    One of the most rewarding aspects of my internships came from just being in the massive establishment that is Voice of America. The main news room has reporters covering every beat you can think of, in every different medium. Not only are there professionals around every corner, the entire newsroom is so willing to share their knowledge. It truly amazed me how everyone at VOA was invested in my success and so willing to help.

    I wish I could stay on through for the final production of the film, but cannot wait to see it, and take pride in my contribution.


  • socdeansintern 11:14 am on May 2, 2017 Permalink  

    An Inside Look at Boko Haram 

    By Dean’s Intern Sam Ferguson at Voice of America

    Probably one of the most interesting days I have had so far was when the full creative team took a look at over 18 hours of film shot by the Boko Haram.  For a whole week, the writer, editor, two producers, and expert Jacob Zenn went over ever clip to talk about the significance of the video and how it could be used in our documentary.  It was an amazing in depth look at how professionals analyze a video, thinking about the bigger picture.

    Probably the most interesting moment was when we looked at clips of Boko Haram kids break dancing.  First off, that goes against Shaira laws which is ironic from a group whose name literally translates to “western influence is a sin.”

    But also, the scene shows horrible killers/rapists looking just like a bunch of kids playing around.  One second they are laughing about who can dance the best, the next they are playing with their AK-47s.  Probably the next day, they will raid a town or cut somebody’s head off.

    It was surreal to see exports and filmmakers get all giddy about a clip of a few kids just playing around.  It showed me that there is something very powerful about context to a simple scene.


  • socdeansintern 10:27 am on April 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Just Another Day at Discovery 

    Day 1 as a Discovery INtern with Dean’s Intern Carson Creehan

    Day 1 as a Discovery INtern with Dean’s Intern Carson Creehan

    By Dean’s Intern Alexia Nal at Discovery Communications

    I’m already half way through my internship and I can hardly believe it. These past few weeks have flown by way too fast.

    As I reflect on my time here, I cannot help but think about the great lessons I have learned from my internship at TLC. One of the biggest lessons I have learned at Discovery is there is no such thing as an average day in the office, especially in the TLC publicity department. Everyday that I show up for my internship, I am never sure of what I should expect. My tasks vary from pulling clips from airing television shows to compiling press hits, to many other tasks. I love being able to watch my beginner skills I was developing in the classrooms of AU, blossom into stronger professional skills throughout my internship.

    The two shows I have been given the opportunity to put my hands on are My Big Fat Fabulous Life and Counting On. Because it’s television and people are so attracted to the curiosity TLC stimulates, everything is extremely fast paced. It is important for me as an intern to stay organized, on task and focused. Often times my manager will throw tasks at me, but then the VP of Publicity of TLC will contact me and request me to assist her with creating a press release for bringing back my childhood favorite television show Trading Spaces. It has been the internship of a lifetime being able to work for a well-respected brand and enhance my PR skills. I am excited to see where my experience at TLC takes me!

  • socdeansintern 10:52 am on March 30, 2017 Permalink  

    Moving Fast at the Newseum 

    TrentBurnsPhotoBy Dean’s Intern Trent Burns at the Newseum

    I had plenty of expectations going into my internship at the Newseum, but organization-wide layoffs weren’t among them. Roughly three weeks into my time here, an unexpected round of staff cuts left the Video & Interactive Productions department scrambling to reorganize itself. As an intern, this meant more work and greater responsibility would be falling on my shoulders for the rest of this semester – a challenge which I happily, if nervously, accepted.

    Museums, it turns out, can be surprisingly fast-paced environments. Between internal content for exhibits and materials for external promotion, it feels like every week of this experience has added new projects to our already busy schedule. Along with fellow Dean’s Intern Madison Long, I’m responsible for producing recurring content like our bi-weekly “Lighter Side of News” segment or the museum’s monthly “Virtual Reality Highlights” experience. In addition, we are often asked to contribute to projects like “Experts On-Air Highlights”  or “Newseum Nights: In Bloom”, which are used to promote the museum and its events online. Working on a number of diverse projects keeps us busy and, more importantly, is teaching me to keep my editing flexible and my workflow concise.

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  • socdeansintern 10:36 am on March 30, 2017 Permalink  

    An Inside Look at the Smithsonian 

    IMG_5499_editedBy Dean’s Intern Agnes Erskine at the Smithsonian

    Built in 1849, the Smithsonian Castle is charming and bustling with character; it’s also where I spend my time editing videos for the Smithsonian Insider. Steps away from the National Mall and nearly all the Smithsonian’s museums and attractions, it’s the perfect location for becoming completely immersed in all that the Smithsonian Institution has to offer. My first project was an in-depth look inside the visually stunning Horace Poolaw exhibit in the National Museum of the American Indian. Today, we’re at the Smithsonian’s latest addition to its family of museums. Visiting hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., but it’s 9:00 a.m. on a Wednesday and the National Museum of African American History and Culture is already buzzing with the sounds of people milling about. Guest Services staff members preparing for their day’s duties gather for a pre-shift meeting on my left; to my right the museum’s Founding Director, Lonnie Bunch hosts two guests on a personal tour, and directly in front of me is my camera capturing Museum Specialist, Tulani Salahu-Din. She is introducing Smithsonian Insider viewers to the “Making A Way” exhibit on the third floor of the museum.

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  • socdeansintern 1:36 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink  

    The Daily Grind 

    DanielBarnesBlogPhotoBy Dean’s Intern Daniel Barnes at NBC4

    Keeping up with the daily news of D.C. can be daunting for a television station, even more so for its website.

    As an intern for NBC Washington’s digital team, I’m responsible for helping with all sorts of content that appears on our website and app. Sometimes I’m writing stories for the website based off TV stories that have already been done and sometimes I’m writing digital only stories. Sometimes I’m pitching stories I want to write and sometimes I’m getting assignments. Sometimes I’m cutting videos from the broadcasts and posting them on our website and sometimes I’m posting AP stories that I find on the wire. Whatever I’m doing on any given day, I know it will be challenging work that makes me utilize every skill I’ve learned in school. (More …)

  • socdeansintern 10:54 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink  

    Learning the Ins and Outs of Digital Distribution 


    It took a lot not to adopt this puppy!

    By Dean’s Intern Sarah Liebman at Discovery Communications

    Working in the Digital Distributions & Partnerships department has been an incredibly exciting experience.  I have always been interested in understanding how media companies succeed in getting eyes on their content, both through linear and digital modes of distribution. Working in this department has shed so much light on the topic. My biggest take-away has been: digital distribution is a vital element to the success of content creators and it is crucial to stay ahead of the trends. While there is still so much value in linear television, the trends indicate that the digital distribution market is the direction many demographics are heading.

    Working in the Digital Distributions department has also motivated me to not only keep up with the trends in cord-cutters, cord-shavers, and cord-nevers, but also develop my own opinions, observations, and strategies for a media company in this environment. This experience has greatly increased my breadth of knowledge I have in this field allowing me to think critically as a member of the media industry.
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  • socdeansintern 4:14 pm on March 7, 2017 Permalink  

    Creating Interactive Graphics at USA Today 

    sara-wise-usat By Dean’s Intern Sara Wise at USA Today

    As part of the graphics team at USA Today, I’ve been learning those programming skills that I know will be useful far beyond my career. I’ve helped to consistently update an interactive piece tracking the president’s cabinet as confirmations are made. I’ve contributed my own input to graphics used in national news stories. I provide copy for some of the “snapshots” printed daily and seen in social media posts.

    So far, it seems, my crowning moment has been making a gif. So don’t let anyone tell you that’s not a resume-building skill! The graphic was used in three different stories pertaining to President Trump’s immigration regulations. I was able to contribute something that, I felt, really enhanced the design of a graphic that was then used on at least three different stories across the site.

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  • socdeansintern 10:34 am on March 6, 2017 Permalink  

    Staying Steadfast in Critical Times 

    McLarenBLogPhotoby Dean’s Intern Amanda McLaren at The Washington Post

    My semester as Dean’s Intern for The Washington Post’s Metro desk kicked off on January 20, 2017 — the day of President Trump’s inauguration — and things haven’t slowed down since.  Along the way, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with seasoned reporters, editors and photojournalists while covering a variety of news events.

    • There was the unseasonably warm day in January, shortly after Trump took office, when I was tasked with covering the Greenpeace crane protest.  Though most of the day was spent watching and waiting, I got to do so alongside professional reporters (including one I knew from when I interned at WJLA back in the day!).
    • Then there was the day I got swept up in the “pandamonium” over Bao Bao’s departure, reporting from Dulles as she took off to China on the FedEx “Panda Express.”

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  • socdeansintern 10:57 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Two Dreams Merge Into One at the Newseum 

    By DEmilyMartinPhotoean’s Intern Emily Martin at the Newseum

    One of my dream jobs has always been to work at a museum. As a child, I would marvel at the exhibits in museums and dream to one day be the person behind the scenes, dusting the artifacts, writing the captions and collecting rare pieces of history.

    As I grew up, I began to dream of becoming a journalist dedicated to reporting the truth. As an exhibit development intern at the Newseum, a museum whose mission is “to promote, explain and defend free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition,” my two dreams have come true in one place.

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